Effective Time Management and Objective Setting 3

Following our article yesterday, on the topic of effective time management, today we go on to examine goal and objective setting.  If you would like a copy of the complete article please complete the comment box below or email martin.parry@mgba.co.uk.

“Goals” is a term that includes many specific obligations that need to be accomplished by a certain time-frame; such as household chores on the personal side, and important professional proposals on the professional side.  Depending on the amount of time you have to finish them, these obligations are either short-term, medium-term, or long-term.

Short-term goals would be your daily goals such as household chores and projects that need to be finished immediately. Using effective management in short term goals means that a list is created and each goal on that list is completed on a daily basis.

Medium-term goals are usually goals that need to be accomplished in one week to one month. Depending on the amount of time needed to complete these goals, they can be broken down in smaller segments, which you would complete on a daily basis. For example, if you have a project that needs 6 to 7 hours to complete over a one week period, you could break it down into one hour per day increments.

Long-term goals generally take months or years to complete. They would include such things as getting a college degree over a four year period or building your own house over a 6 month period.

Long-term goals can and should be broken down into daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly segments. Let’s take the example of a four year college degree. You will need to research your financial options, register for classes, take and pass required subjects, complete your homework, etc.

Thus long-term goals are made easier and less daunting when broken down into smaller segments and completing them one step at a time until the final goal is reached – in this case, your college degree.

Effective time management skills include setting deadlines. Its important to set shorter deadlines for each phase of your long term goals by breaking them down into smaller, more manageable parts. This is the planning process and it requires that you make a commitment to yourself to meet your long term goals.

If you would like a copy of the complete article complete the comment box below at email martin.parry@mgba.co.uk


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1 Response to “Effective Time Management and Objective Setting 3”

  1. 1 Stephanie (Bennis) Shirley October 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    As a deadline oriented person, I see it almost as a challenge to stay on track and meet goals by the date I set for them. But I often wonder what goal setting techniques would be more effective for someone who simply isn’t motivated by deadlines and can let them pass without a second thought. What would you suggest for non-deadline-oriented individuals?

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